When my husband and I bought our house, we moved in at the beginning of December. I remember, because it totally stunk moving in freezing temperatures.
But I also remember walking into my new house and being excited. It was the biggest house I had ever lived in! I remember feeling very grown-up. I made myself a promise right then to get a grown-up Christmas tree like you see in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine. The thought of the giant grown-up tree made me giggle.
So, I did like every 30-year-old, new home owner does. I ran right over to Kmart to get some ornaments. Whaaaaattt? I just said it was a big house. I couldn't very well afford both the mortgage payments and Tiffany ornaments!
Once there, I saw a Christmas ornament set that I absolutely loved! It looked like this.
However, in my memory, it was sparkling with the angels singing above me!
It was Martha Stewart's Home Collection. It was silver and blue. I bought the whole lot of it; garland, snowflake ornaments, runners, tree skirt, beads, stockings and an angel for the top of the tree! We bought a huge tree and I decorated it! It was beautiful, just like I imagined!
I had a party for co-workers that year at my house, and I felt so adult-like with my grown-up tree!
As the years past and the kids came, I started collecting other ornaments, like these.
Each year, when my little boys would come home from pre-school, kindergarten and first grade, I would show off additional kid ornaments that they had made or was purchased. As I put them on the tree, it seemed some of my adult ones would come off and be stored away in the box. I eventually turned the white lights into colored lights. Now seven years later, there are no more silver or blue snowflakes on the tree. I only realized it this year, after I finished decorating and looked down at what was left unused on the floor.
I once again giggled when I realized that actually NOW I have real grown-up, beautiful, perfect, Christmas tree. Except this tree is the type found in Parents Magazine and not Better Homes and Gardens!